Metal Cutting

Material removal through cutting, turning, milling, drilling, grinding, tapping and more using machinery such as laser cutting systems, plasma cutting systems, oxyfuel cutting systems, milling machines, drill presses, lathes, horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, turning centers, multitasking machines, electrical discharge machines and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), automation and robotics.

Visual Thinking for the Shop

Every shop uses some sort of work instruction method, but the majority of the time it is not ideal. Now there is a new way to easily create and share work instructions, standardize best processes, reduce errors, increase efficiency, and most importantly, satisfy customers.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

What Lies Ahead in Real Time

The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.
CAD/CAM Software

Mission Accomplished

Thanks to SolidCAM iMachining, cycle times are down 50 percent, tool life is up 40 percent, and Mico Industries is creating dies, weld fixtures and check fixtures without compromise.
Drilling Machines

Making Natural Gas Clean with a “Hole” Lot of Pressure

Using a modified HMD915 magnetic drill and Industrial Series of Rotabroach Cutters from Hougen enabled Mueller Environmental to cost-effectively develop a patented new system for cleaning natural gas.
Gear Cutting Machines

Gear Production: Higher Speed, Closer Precision

Automated threaded wheel grinding on gear production machines has now been boosted by an order of magnitude with increased machining accuracy to DIN class 3.
Grinding Machines

Gear Hobbers and Control Migration

This is the story of how Bourn & Koch upgraded its older gear hobbers to advanced CNC systems to machine large bull and cluster gears, worms, shafts, splines and pinions for the defense and aerospace, oil/gas drilling, mining, heavy equipment and power generation industries.
Honing Machines

Over a Barrel

Surface finish is the one feature of a rifle barrel that cannot be controlled in hammer forging. Now, custom rifle barrel makers are learning a trick from the makers of hammer forged barrels on how to overcome surface imperfections.
Horizontal Machining Centers

Horizontal Machining vs. Vertical Machining: Rethinking Your Operation

If the manufacturer is able to move past the sticker price and examine the dollars spent making the part, or the cost per part, a multitude of qualities can factor into the machine tool’s return on investment. Here are some reasons why a less expensive piece of equipment is not always the obvious choice.
Laser Cutting

Micromachining: No More Constraints

The latest femtosecond laser technology from Raydiance can reduce cost per part by 20 percent to 50 percent and reduce product design, prototyping and development from months to as little as 24 hours.
Lathes

Hard Thread Turning Shortens The Process Chain

High precision hard turning techniques are enjoying ever greater popularity in the metal processing industry. By shortening cycle times and increasing flexibility, high precision hard turning has advantages over grinding in particular when it comes to processing complicated parts such as spindle nuts or threaded spindles in the hard state.
Machine Controls

Guitar Hero

How CNC machining takes center stage in high-quality guitar craftsmanship.
Milling Machines

Boring Mill Fuels Energy Sector Expansion for Machine Shop

Milwaukee Machine Works expands its energy sector business into wind turbine gearbox housings, fluid end manifolds for the oil/gas industry, and other oversized components up to 10 ft long and weighing up to 7,000 lb with a new large capacity dual-pallet Giddings & Lewis MC 1600 from Fives.
Multitasking Machines

Shoot from the Hip

This orthopedics manufacturer achieves one hit machining in an automated lights-out environment using advanced turn-mill machines that take their custom implants for coated hip replacement to a whole new efficiency.
Ram EDM Machines

A Hole New Game: Precision EDM Holemaking Goes Smaller, Deeper and Faster

While hole-popper systems are quite capable of generating very small accurate holes with good surface quality, advanced EDM drilling systems dramatically increase a shop’s capability to consistently produce tiny holes that are even more accurate and with higher quality.
Software

How to Simplify Complex Geometry Tool Repair

A new release of NUMROTO tool grinding software meets the growing challenges of grinding and servicing new generations of complex geometry drills and end mills.
Vertical Machining Centers

Before You Buy That VMC

When investing in a new production vertical machining center, take time to evaluate these seven critical features that have the greatest impact on the productivity and profitability of that machine tool.
Wire EDM Machines

Improving Profitability with User-Friendly EDM

The complicated nature of the work and the current labor issues facing the industry mean that more user-friendly EDM is critical for your shop operation.
Metal Cutting: Products

A Complete Manufacturing Platform

VisualCAM for SolidWorks saves countless hours by automatically updating toolpaths when your model changes.
This new CAD/CAM application marries the power and functionality of parametric design with the robust and powerful milling capabilities of standalone CAM software.

EASTEC 2015 (First Tour)

Booth 5344: V7.3, the latest version of VERICUT CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software from CGTech detects collisions and near-misses between axis slides, heads, turrets, rotary tables, spindles, tool changers, fixtures, workpieces, cutting tools, and other user-defined objects. Machine movements can even be simulated while stepping or playing backwards.
New England’s premier manufacturing exposition returns on May 12-14, 2015 to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Take a look at some of the equipment that will be exhibited that can help solve your most pressing problems, improve your productivity and increase your profits.

EASTEC 2015 (Second Tour)

Booth 1206: The rigid linear motor driven SL400Q Wire EDM from Sodick features a high quality design, rigid cast construction, ceramic work-zone, and a revolutionary 10-year positioning accuracy guarantee.
New England’s premier manufacturing exposition returns on May 12-14, 2015 to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Take another look at some of the other equipment that will be exhibited that can help solve your most pressing problems, improve your productivity and increase your profits.